Issue details

KD 3563 Withdrawal of Permitted Development Rights for Houses in Multiple Occupation via a proposed borough wide Article 4 Directive.

In October 2010, the Government amended legislation to allow changes of use from single dwellings (Class C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) (Class C4) to take place without the need for planning permission. Where further control over such conversions is considered necessary, local authorities can make directions that specify an area or areas in which planning applications will be required. A high concentration of HMOs can lead to issues relating to parking, noise and disturbance and impacts on amenity which can cause concern to local communities.

Recent reforms to housing benefit are likely to increase demand for HMOs in the London Borough of Enfield; in particular the extension of the single room restriction to people aged under 35.

This report sets out the process for giving 12 months notice to make a “non-immediate” article 4 direction and avoid potential compensation claims.
It recommends that a “non-immediate” Article 4 Direction is introduced to withdraw permitted development rights for small HMOs across the borough.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Decision due: 19 Sep 2012 by Council

Department: Place

Contact: Aled Richards, Head of Development Services Email:

Consultation process

Informal consultation via 'Your Enfield' inviting comments on the proposal.

Part 1 & 2 (Para 3): Part 1